By Any Name by Cynthia Voight. Published by Diversion

Rida meets Spenser at a USO Officer’s Club dance during World War II. He’s a naval officer from a long line of rather snooty New England blue bloods, she’s a free spirit from California with no living family. Intrigued by the fact that Rida has not one, but four engagement rings on her hand, Spenser asks her to dance and the two fall for each other, hard and fast. While Spenser may appreciate Rida’s carefree attitude, his family does not. Still, the two marry and have a family. Rida may be a married woman with children, nut that does nothing to dampen her spirit, a spirit that her own daughters have a hard time understanding. I really liked this story about being able to see your parents as more than parents, but as the people they are apart from you. I loved Voight’s YA books as a teen and I was thrilled to see she’s writing for adults

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